Everyone experiences stress in different ways.
Each of us responds to stress differently. What is stressful for one person may or may not be stressful for another.
If you have no symptoms, you aren't stressed.
An absence of symptoms of stress does not mean there is no stress in your life. Some people are better at hiding stress than others.
Stress is always bad for you.
Properly channeled, stress can result in increased productivity and creative solutions to problems. The key is how we identify, manage and reduce the stress in our lives.
Stress is just a part of life and there’s nothing you can do about it.
You can plan your life so stress doesn’t overwhelm you. If you set priorities and work on simple problems first, you can often lessen the stress involved in certain situations.
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Changes in sleep patterns
Changes in eating patterns
Increased frequency of headaches
Being more irritable than normal
Recurring colds and minor illnesses
Frequent muscle aches and/or tightness
Being more disorganized than usual
Increased difficulty in getting things done
Greater sense of persistent time pressure
Increased levels of frustration and anger
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Excessive stress, if not addressed, can be a trigger for emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Stress causes physiological and hormonal changes in the body.
Adequate sleep, diet, and exercise can help to minimize the negative effects of stress.
Have you been having difficulty managing stress in your daily life?
Over the last couple of weeks have you felt badly about yourself, such as thinking that you are a failure of have let someone down?
Have you noticed recent changes in your behavior, such as sleep pattern, eating habits, mood or interests?
Have you found yourself in situations where you felt more anxious than usual?
Have you been feeling tired, sad, blue or depressed lately?
Have you ever felt you should cut down on your use of alcohol or drugs (illegal or prescription)?
Over the last couple of weeks have you had trouble concentrating or felt your thoughts came more slowly or seemed mixed-up?
Your answers indicate that you may be dealing with one or more problems that you
should explore further. Use our anonymous Check Yourself
tool to learn more or contact your campus health or counseling center for
Your answers indicate that you may not be struggling with the most common
student mental health issues.
If you're still concerned about recent feelings or behavior, use our anonymous Check Yourself tool to learn more.
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